Again, an early morning start. I had booked a tuk-tuk to pick me up at 07:00 at the hostel, how fancy! A sense of relief blanketed me; I was leaving Siem Reap without another bad experience! Phew! Bus time.
I arrived in Bangkok in the early evening and the rest of my time in the city is a bit of a blur. No, not from being wasted! But, I think the exhaustion caught up with me. I didn’t have much of a plan for Bangkok, I really just wanted to see the reclining Buddha and to eat authentic Thai food. I plonked my bags at the hostel (which I highly recommend! Seriously!) and took a walk around the Sukhumvit area. Of course, my first meal had to be a Phad Thai at a place that was heaving with locals; this is a sure sign that it’s well-priced and tasty! This is not a bustling touristy area, but it still has great parks, restaurants, and bars!
I enjoyed some street food and had to call it a day. The next day was a bit more eventful. I woke up early and had a very simple breakfast. Whatever you do, try to avoid taxi’s if it’s possible, take the MRT or the Sky Train instead. It is really easy to navigate and surprisingly orderly. I grabbed some deep fried street food and happily waited for the ferry to get to the Wat Arun complex. The temples are all quite similar so you can get through them quite quickly. As a frugal traveller, I only went to the free temples and other tourist sites. There is a lot more to see, you just have to be willing to part with a fair amount of cash.
Due to the number of tourists in the area, you don’t actually get the chance to process everything. You just can’t take it all in; the moment you are walking in and the next minute, you’re walking out. It’s like you’re moving through on a conveyor belt.
As a solo traveller, you meet people along the way – interesting people. So, with said interesting people, we had a lovely dinner and took a late night walk around town just to let everything settle.
Bangkok was a mere stop over before Indonesia. I was on autopilot and I stupidly had less that 48 hours here. Seriously, who plans like this?!
How to get there: From Siem Reap, you can book a Nattakan Bus here. You even get a hot lunch!
Where to stay: I 100% recommend Lamurr Sukhumvit 41 Hostel! It’s in quiet yet easily accessible area.
Tips: Wear a head scarf and try to cover your shoulders when you are going to the Temples. Also, don’t forget to get your Thai Baht!